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Meet Doris Dawson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Doris Dawson.

Doris, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a photographer. Not a very popular one. Well, I’m not much of a story, truth be told. I picked up my first camera when I was around 8 or 9, just fucking around and didn’t think anything of it. I once had dreams of becoming something else, but upon unfortunate series of events, saw those dreams leave me. I suppose I turned to photography because I knew that was the only real thing I was really good at, so I stuck with it.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life is hard. I will say though, the hardest part of it is myself. I am always at war with myself.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My work specializes in film photography, digital photography, and portraiture. The only way I can really describe my work is comparing it to films. I use a similar approach to how I tell my stories through imagery. I’m currently practicing the art of cinematography and ultimately, that’s where I would want to be and what I strive for.

I’ve been featured in various university literary journals and photography exhibitions in the OC for my work “Ghost in Mid July” and “Eveningside” back in 2017 and 2018. Another untitled photograph will be on the cover of a different literary journal with a release day being sometime in the summer.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I’m not good at favorites. But to be frank, one of my favorite memories of life is traveling to Las Vegas. Since I was around 3 or 4 years old, we would go up there once or twice a year. I know the strip better than my own hometown.

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